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Game Over Cycles honors NYC in build

May 1, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Inspired by a rider’s love of both his birth city in Poland, and his new home – New York City, NY, Game Over Cycles' latest Harley Davidson Street Bob build boldly encompasses iconic architectural characteristics from both locales.

The bike, designed and built in Poland by GOC – which also owns the largest Harley-Davidson dealership in Central-Eastern Europe – made the trip from Rzeszów-Jasionka International Airport to the ‘Big Apple’ this week in the belly of a LOT Polish Airlines’ modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner, for its worldwide unveiling at Harley Davidson of New York City in LIC, May 9.

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The Science of Modern Helmet Design

April, 29, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose


The flagship of SHARK Helmet’s mid-range Pulse product line is as robust, agile and streamlined as Gerald Butler’s King Leonidas in 300 (2006). But its heritage heralds from much further west in Europe, specifically the South of France, where two former professional moto racers – brothers André and Robert TESTON – created one of the world’s safest helmet brands more than three decades ago with 1990 World SBK Champion Raymond Roche (Ducati).

While SHARK’s offerings in the US range from full-on race helmets worn by many MOTO GP competitors (Racer-R Pro), to street lids – full and open-face (SKWAL2 & Drak), and even a modular offering (the Evo-ONE 2), the Spartan – which retails for a modest $370 to $400 depending on graphics – boasts some innovations and underlying research you’d see in competitor’s headgear twice the price.

The initial reaction to our demo model – a glossy black, sleek helmet with adjustable air vents in the chin and upper forehead area, an aerodynamic dual spoiler, an integrated, drop-down sun shield, and even a retractable chin curtain – was one of appreciative surprise.

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Motos and Photos : NYC Gallery

April 26, 2019 | Mark Squitieri

Despite rain, about 100 people came out for the fourth iteration of Motos and Photos : NYC night, April 25 at Filipacchi in Nolita, at least a dozen even riding in. On the ticket for the off-season get together were photographers Jessie Padilla and Ryan Handt, as well moto artist Douglas Thompson. The evening attracted a host of regulars, including past speakers Dean 'Chooch' Landry and Allan Tannenbaum, as well as more than few fresh faces.

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Ryan Handt: Finding Your Voice Behind a Lens

April 25, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

New York's Ryan Handt was one of the first photographers to be featured on NYC Motorcyclist more than two years ago … so his talk at the Motos and Photos : NYC, April 25 at Filipacchi, was in a sense a refresher, a chance to catch up with him on some of the exciting assignments he’s been working on recently.

There's also two, new 'personal' projects he has in the works, capturing the essence of the local moto community. The first few portraits he's shot were unveiled at Motos and Photos. Read our pre-interview with him to find out all the details.

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Motos and Photos NYC : April Submissions Winners

April 25, 2018

The Motos and Photos : NYC judging panel (Rahoul Ghose, Ryan Snelson, Kirsten Midura and Mike Higgins) selected the following submissions for kudos during the April 25 Part 4 event at Filipacchi.

1) Sam Halaby (@sam_halby)
2) James Malone (
3) Alex Zappile (@localcreative_nj) 2-way tie
5) Marjorie Raggo (@marjorieraggo)

And an honorable mention was also given to Vassili Shishkin for his shot at Floyd Bennett Field.

Thanks to all who submitted their images to #motosandphotosnyc.

The easiest way to get your image entered in future events is to tag it with #motosandphotosnyc on Instagram. But we also have an online form:

NOTE: If you're using the form, once you've attached your image remember to click the 'Begin Upload' button.

Taking personal responsibility for Motorcycle Safety

April 23, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, so NYC Motorcyclist – whose mandate includes promoting rider education – has partnered with the Empire State Motorcycle Safety Education Program (ESMSEP) to offer a top 10 list of things riders should think about as the 2019 riding season kicks into high gear.

The ESMSEP is a Not for Profit 501(c)3 grassroots outreach education organization of like-minded motorcycle safety enthusiasts working towards the goal of promoting motorcycle awareness and the benefits of rider education through free informational seminars at libraries, adult continuing education programs, dealerships, club/group meetings, and rallies.

“(Our) primary goal is to present the importance of continuing rider education to licensed motorcycle operators ... but our information can also be extremely useful for newer riders as well,” says ESMSEP president Don Gomo, who adds the group’s main emphasis is to develop "increased situational awareness" in riders.

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Helmade with Passion

April 20, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

Triumph Brooklyn's 'Helmade with Passion' event Saturday featured Chad Hodge, the designer of the Bell Bullitt and Eliminator, talking about his design process, and a demo of the collaboration between Bell Helmets and Helmade, allowing customers to design and produce helmets with custom graphics matching their Triumph ride.

#motoevents #triumph #nyc #bellhelmets #chadhodgedesign #helmades


April 17, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

#THEMOTOSOCIALNEWYORK's first-Thursday-of-the-month coffee-motorcycle events return next month with a season opener set for May 2 at the Washington Square Irving Farm New York coffee house at 78 W 3rd from 8 to 10 PM. Everyone’s welcome. Everyone’s invited, bike or no bike. No RSVP necessary ... just good vibes to compliment the smooth java. Locations for events in June, July, August and the Season Finale in September will be announced two weeks prior through the organizers' Facebook and Instagram (links below).

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Brit Iron, Photography and 1970s NYC:
Allan Tannenbaum's Life Comes Full Circle

April 17, 2019 | Rahoul Ghose

While he is known for his iconic images of the NYC music scene from the ‘70s as a photographer for the SoHo Weekly News – scenes from Studio 54 and CBGBs, and photos of John and Yoko, Blondie and the Ramones – Allan Tannenbaum’s enviable career has been bookended by a love for motorcycles, and in particular British Iron.

His first student film featured a ‘60s Triumph T100, his early journalistic career saw him completing features for Motorcyclist magazine, and he in fact discovered his first full time photo gig at the Soho paper while parking his Norton Commando outside the Broome Street Bar in Manhattan.

Now 74, the native New Jerseyan is back on a 1968 Norton Commando 20M3 – acquired in the mid-90s and restored to spec at 6th Street Specials – and looking to celebrate his photographic career in a documentary.

We talked with Tannenbaum – a guest speaker at the January Motos and Photos: NYC event – recently at his Soho studios, themselves a living museum of iconic images from the NY music scene and the equipment used to shoot them.

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'Rizoma Challenge 2019' Digital Design Contest Launched Today

April, 15, 2019 | Brooklyn, NY

US design professionals and students invited to create innovative concept motorcycles and product designs

Rizoma USA is looking for designers, engineers, and students to “create the future of motorcycling” by holding an online competition for two separate contest categories; a digitally rendered concept/custom motorcycle, and an aftermarket motorcycle product or accessory.

Winners of both classes will be each awarded $5,000 worth of product prizes from their pick of Rizoma products, REV’IT! riding apparel, and NEXX helmets, including the new Rizoma Metropolitan Bike. US students currently enrolled in design programs can also submit entries in either class, for the chance to win a six-month design internship at the Rizoma R&D lab just outside of Milan, Italy.

“We are committed to supporting innovation and outstanding design in the motorcycle industry.” said Paolo Bacchiarello, director of Rizoma USA. “This competition presents a new opportunity for both professional non-endemic designers, and burgeoning student talents in the United States to showcase their work at an international level.”

Winners will be selected by a combination of public vote and by a panel of judges comprised of esteemed designers, industry pioneers, and educators. Motorcycle design legend Miguel Galluzzi, ArtCenter educator and bike builder Alex Earle, Pratt Institute transportation design professor Lawrence Au, and the CEO of Rizoma Italy are on the voting board, among others.

The submission period opens today, April 15, 2019, and ends June 30, 2019. The public voting period begins on July 8, 2019 and ends on July 22, 2019, when a drawing will award a random voter a $500 Rizoma REV’IT! NEXX product voucher. The full competition schedule, rules, design brief, dedicated Instagram page, and information on the judges panel, as well as submission details can be found on

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